10-11 September, 2018, Jalna
Annual Action Plan cum Review Workshop of NICRA KVKs in Maharashtra and Gujarat was organized by ATARI, Pune at KVK, Jalna during 10-11 September, 2018.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. M.C. Varshneya, Ex- Vice Chancellor (AAU, Anand & Kamdhenu University, Gandhinagar) and Chairman, Zonal Monitoring Committee of NICRA project. In his address, he opined that IFS model with crops, horticulture and livestock may be the workable solution on climate change. He said interventions should be implemented effectively in farmers’ fields by taking farmers in confidence. Intercrop of black gram/green gram in cotton will give additional return and reduce the risk of adverse effect of weather change, he added. He said one line of marigold with 6 lines of cotton may be one of the options in dry areas.
Dr. Ashok Dhawan, Vice Chancellor, VNMKV, Parbhani said that under threat of monsoon and having 40-45 days dry spells, it is a challenge to protect the crops. In Marathwada, sweet orange orchards were saved by the KVKs and others in collaborative mode in drought year. Reducing incidence of pink boll worm in cotton in Marathwada and Vidarbha, KVKs played a greater role. He appreciated the efforts of KVKs and emphasized the need of cross learning amongst KVKs.
Dr. K. Sammi Reddy, Director, CRIDA, Hyderabad urged the KVKs to focus on quantification of impact of resilient practices, bringing out quality publications, advisory role in adjacent villages and small video clippings for further up-scaling.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ATARI, Pune stated that observations against performance of each intervention under adverse weather condition should be recorded. Mitigating farm level stress with innovative ways including in-situ moisture conservation, protective irrigation, water harvesting, inter cropping, diversified enterprises, etc. should be promoted. Effective convergence with SAUs, line departments, NGOs, FPOs, etc, may make a significant difference among villagers.
Shri Viay Borade,Trustee and Project Director, Marathwada Sheti Sahayya Mandal, Jalna said that soil and water conservation is the key for success of NICRA project. He further extended that sericulture, bamboo cultivation and aromatic and medicinal grasses can prove as the potential options for crop diversification in this changing climate situation.
Dr. P.G. Ingole, Director Extension Education gave thrust on use of shade-net house, drip irrigation and integrated watershed management.
Heads, Co-PIs and SRFs of 13 KVKs (8 KVKs from Maharashtra and 5 from Gujarat) were participated in the workshop.
( Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune)